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Challenge: Purple II (Basic Editing III)
Collection: Challenges
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 950
Location: Sonoma County, California
Date: Sep 24, 2006
Aperture: f 10
ISO: 80
Shutter: 1/19 sec.
Galleries: Macro, Floral
Date Uploaded: Sep 25, 2006

Crop, contrast enhancement, saturation, noise reduction, sharpen, resize, border, USM...

Place: 131 out of 290
Avg (all users): 5.1786
Avg (commenters): 4.6667
Avg (participants): 4.7558
Avg (non-participants): 5.3976
Views since voting: 727
Views during voting: 340
Votes: 252
Comments: 4
Favorites: 0

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03/19/2007 06:19:03 PM
Generally good composition and an OK, if not spectacular, still life image.

Use of the rule of thirds is very good but, in general, the images falls down in technicals. There is lack of detail in the purple flowers, it has a number of overexposed areas on the ribbons and the BG color changes and tonal shifts are weak. A good still life image requires perfect technicals. Strong tones are a must. You want tones to be very smooth and yours are not. For still life images you want to strive to have unique light that highlights some special aspect of the subject.

The challenge:
This image meets the challenge but generally does not offer the viewer much more reason to look at it. Still life images typically do not do well at DPC and your score reflects that both for content and technical reasons.

Contrary to popular belief, still life images are very difficult because they require perfect technicals to have impact. They are studies in lighting and shadows and you must pay particular attention to lighting and tones issues to get a good result.

I would try another still life keeping in mind lighting and shadows to set it apart from the ordinary, then strive to post process the best it can possibly be to highlight those things.

Some cameras are better suited to some types of imagery over others. Your Coolpix 950 is pretty old technology and that makes still life images more difficult for you.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/29/2006 04:50:34 PM
Very nice!!! One of my favs here.
09/29/2006 11:21:45 AM
This image is not working so well for me. Maybe not for this challenge.
09/27/2006 12:11:26 PM

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